With fall about to hit, a common question I get from travelers is, “where can we see the most impressive fall foliage?” Though many of the most popular destinations like Vermont, Aspen, the Adirondacks of New York and Glacier National Park are must-see spots, they’re also cost prohibitive due to their peak season popularity and the limited number of hotels (and hotel rooms) found in those areas.

Which is why I’m highlighting five unexpected destinations for fall foliage, both within and just outside of major cities. These destinations offer easy-to-get-to, breathtaking foliage and truly unique seasonal activities without the high travel price tag. In fact, by visiting these destinations instead of the more popular fall foliage locales, you can save well over 50 percent on many of your travel expenses. Hopefully this list of autumn escapes will help travelers enjoy the season with a fresh perspective.